I met a woman earlier this month that was interested in starting her own business in the fashion industry. I inquired whether she had engaged any entrepreneurial resources around Grounds, and her reply was a vacant no. I realized then that while our committee was working towards opening more and more entrepreneurship-related resources to students, we still faced a barrier – the very word, “entrepreneur.”
More and more, people are releasing themselves from the box called “entrepreneur” and labeling themselves “starters”. We have noticed this trend – a word that describes a person as not just someone with an idea, but someone who is starting an enterprise or program. We are finding examples everywhere around Grounds, from the new i.Lab at Darden to the modern Open Grounds facility to Hack.Cville to the Technology Entrepreneurship Program. We share their vision in providing resources and connections to help YOU on your quest to become a starter.
So check out uvastart.com, a site tracking the entrepreneurial scene at the University. It features posts from centers, programs, fellow starters, and it will soon have a video archive of “starter”-related speakers and workshops. We are kicking off the site next Wednesday at 5:30PM in Jefferson Hall, West Range, featuring Spencer Ingram, the visionary behind Hack.Cville. As always, there will be some yummy food and drink.
Wednesday, Feb 6 at 5:30PM
Food and drink!